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09-18-20 Family Friday Newsletter

Digital Learning Expands in Five MPS Schools

Verizon Innovative Learning and Digital Promise have partnered with five MPS schools to promote digital literacy. Verizon is providing Chromebooks equipped with hotspots and cutting edge technology so students can access the newest digital advances. The program began several months before schools closed due to the pandemic and includes curriculum so teachers can maximize digital technology.

Thank you to Verizon Innovative Learning and Digital Promise! Read more about this exciting program that is elevating digital teaching and learning for 2,300 MPS students!

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News and Updates - September 18, 2020

MPS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Plans are underway in Milwaukee Public Schools to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15. Watch in the coming weeks for photos and activities of students as they learn about the history, culture, and achievements of Hispanic Americans. We look forward to honoring the diverse backgrounds of MPS students, staff, and the community!

Clement Avenue Excels at Virtual Learning

With the first few weeks of school completed, students at Clement Avenue School have learned how to learn virtually from home! The staff proudly reports that children are engaged and excited about virtual school. Read more about how Clement Avenue has adapted to remote classrooms.

ACT Prep Class at UWM for Juniors and Seniors

The UWM Mini-Course Program is currently accepting registrations for upcoming ACT Preparation Classes.

Fall Course: October 3 - November 14, 2020; Register by Sept. 25, 2020

Spring Course: January 9 - February 20, 2021; Register by December 18, 2020

If you have additional questions, contact UWM at 414-229-6236.

Visit the UWM Mini-Courses web page for more information and to access an online application.

Milwaukee Recreation Offers Child Care, Camps, and Safe Places

Limited before- and after-school care is available in the district through Milwaukee Recreation. Find out about available programs and locations for students in K5 through grade 12. Use our interactive map to find a site near you!

Help Find Our Books!

Milwaukee Public Schools is searching for textbooks and library books that went home in spring but have not been returned. Help us welcome our books back to school! Students and families are asked to search closets, backpacks, shelves, under beds, and anywhere else a book might hide.

Return your textbooks and library books to the school that issued them by September 30, 2020. Important details:

  • Books that are returned in good condition by September 30 will NOT be fined.
  • Students with missing library books are not allowed to check out more books—return your books to restore library privileges.
  • Students who have missing textbooks AFTER September 30 will be billed for the cost of the book.

Contact the school for more information about drop-off.

Caring for Your Chromebook

Your student's Chromebook is their most important learning tool. Help students care for their Chromebooks to keep them working properly. Read these important Chromebook tips and share with your students so learning can continue without interruption.

Meal Distribution for Milwaukee Children

MPS continues distribution of weekday breakfasts and lunches. Federal guidelines for school breakfast and lunch programs allow MPS to offer meals to all school-age children in Milwaukee. To pick up a meal from a Stop, Grab, & Go location, MPS students and families will need to provide the following information:

  • Student’s first and last name or student ID number
  • Student’s school name
  • Student’s grade level

Children enrolled outside of MPS can receive meals by indicating that they are under age 18 and providing the name of the school where they are enrolled.

Locations and hours have been expanded for the new school year.

  • Sites are open from 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.
  • New sites opened for meal distribution with the start of the school year; a complete list is available on the MPS website OR download a flyer.
  • Students with special dietary needs and religious restrictions can now request specialty meals at http://mpsmke.com/stopgrabgo. Requests must be submitted a minimum of two days prior to meal pick-up at a Stop, Grab, and Go location.

Read more about the expanded Stop, Grab, & Go meal locations.

Support for Online Learning

The new virtual school year has begun, and MPS has support for students and families who are embarking on online learning. Find the help you need for a successful school year! Answers to many questions can be found on the MPS website or the MPS School Reopening website.

For questions about your child’s progress and grades, log in to Infinite Campus or contact your child’s teacher. Questions about the school year, policies, and procedures can be addressed to your child’s principal or school leader.

The Parent Coordinator at your child’s school is available for guidance about many types of family resources, student needs, and community supports.

Video tutorials are available to help families get started with Chromebooks, access online classrooms and Clever, and find step-by-step help.

In case you missed it . . .

Register Now for Head Start--Seats Are Filling Quickly!

Head Start has space available for children ages 3 and 4. Like all MPS programs and schools, Head Start is currently offered online. Children who register and begin the program now will receive a Chromebook for at-home learning and will transition to in-school classes when schools can safely reopen. Seats will fill fast when school reopens, so enroll now!

For questions or to schedule an appointment to register, contact a school or call the MPS Head Start Office located in the Grant Gordon Learning Center.

921 W. Meinecke Ave. (Enter on 10th and Meinecke)

Milwaukee, WI 53206

(414) 252-0350

Hours: 8 A.M.– 4:30 P.M.

For more information and to view schools offering Head Start, visit mpsmke.com/headstart

Immediate Enrollment Is Available

MPS has seats available! If you need a school for your child or have not enrolled your student for Fall 2020, enroll now so your child can receive a Chromebook and start school. Visit mpsmke.com/enroll or call our Enrollment Hotline at (414) 267-5100 from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Explore the World--Try a Virtual Field Trip

Looking for a change of scene? Try a virtual field trip! Each week in the Family Friday Newsletter (see below), links to four new trips are provided to help families explore museums, zoos, parks, and historic sites around the world. Read more and view the complete list of field trips featured so far, and explore the world!

IMPORTANT!! Receive District and School Information

MPS is sending out information through text message and email. If you know someone who is not receiving messages, encourage them to contact the Parent Coordinator at their child's school to update their information.

Free Online Books through MPS Reads

Every month, MPS offers recommended reading on the MPS Reads web page. Meet some new characters and explore new places! Books are selected for all grade levels. Many books are accessible through Overdrive for free. Set a weekly reading goal and enjoy some great books!

We're here to help!

For questions about your child or your school, please email your child's teacher or principal.

MPS Central Services Phone Line: (414) 475-8393

MPS Hotline: (414) 475-8900

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

For specific questions regarding a child with disabilities, call the Department of Specialized Services at (414) 438-3648.

Families who need support for English language learners can call (414) 777-7806.

Enrollment: Enroll now for fall 2020! Contact a school directly, visit mpsmke.com/enroll, or call (414) 267-5100.

Chromebook Support

If your student's Chromebook is not working properly, do not try to repair it yourself. Email the MPS Technology Support Center at tsc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us immediately or call (414) 438-3400 . Please include a phone number, school name, student name and ID number, and description of the problem in the email so we can contact you.

Parent Portal Technical Support

Live Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) support is available from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.

To recover a username/password: Parents/guardians should email parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. Include the parent/guardian name, child’s name, birth date, and a contact number. If you do not receive a phone call or email within 24 hours, please call (414) 475-8159 for further assistance. 

For assistance setting up a new Parent Portal account: Parents/guardians may call (414) 475-8159 or email parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. 

Helpful Links

Virtual Field Trips

Each week, we feature four new virtual field trips to add variety to learning. Enjoy virtual tours of museums, parks, and zoos around the world!

More Helpful Links for Students and Families

 

Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: September and October

If you'd like to follow the meetings of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, visit the Electronic School Board page to find the meeting schedule, agendas, and links to watch or listen to live meetings. Instructions for public testimony are also offered on this page.

Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel: Tues. Sept. 22, 5:30 P.M.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. Sept. 24, 6:30 P.M.

Committee on Parent and Community Engagement: Tues. Oct. 13, 5:30 P.M.

Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation: Thurs. Oct.15, 5:30 P.M.

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